Human beings will be happier - not when they cure cancer or get to Mars or eliminate racial prejudice or flush Lake Erie but when they find ways to inhabit primitive communities again. That's my utopia.
The EPA announced last week that Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. (Des Moines, Iowa), had paid a $72,000 fine in March. The penalty was imposed after the company had failed to promptly report test data showing that a gene engineered to protect against corn rootworm had contaminated other experimental plants in an adjacent field at the company's isolated research facility in Kauai, Hawaii
Noting recent mishaps with ProdiGene and StarLink, the report identifies gaps in an inconsistent regulatory framework involving APHIS, EPA, and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). "The time is ripe to address these issues — before a crisis occurs," author Michael Taylor said.